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If I were in the same situation with my cat, I think I'd try to play it safe and take him to the vet for a quick screening. Just to rule out if there's any health issues that are unseen to the eye.
I have a six year old female cat named Rosie. She is wonderful. My only issue is about an hour prior to my getting up each morning, she start meowing and won't stop. I will call her, and she will come to my bed for a few minutes, leave and start meowing all over again. It is not because she is hungry or thirsty because there is always food available for her. Also the kitty litter is scooped each day to ensure cleanliness. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
By Karyn01 from Ottawa, Canada
Does she get to go out when you get up? She's just on a different schedule than you. Sort of like my boys were. One wouldn't sleep past 5:30 no matter what time he went to bed and the other wouldn't stay awake past 8:30 no matter how early he got up. My advice: Just deal with it. It's probably not going to change.
Maybe this is just something older cats do? My former cat Missy, who's no longer with us, started this behavior later in life (she was 18 when we lost her), only she started the meowing at about 4:00 a.m. We just put up with it, but I used to feel bad whenever we had house guests and no one could sleep late because of the howling meowing at 4 in the morning! Cats, ya gotta love 'em, or you hate 'em.
Kamilah Marie (9 year old Maine Coon mix) likes to wake me up from a sound sleep at 3 or 4 in the morning. Why? So I can pet her. She'll get right in my face and *chirrup* at me. When I startle awake she'll roll around on the bed to signal that she wants to be petted, please. I do as well as I can in my drowsy state and that's usually enough to satisfy her.
Other days she'll wait until a few minutes before my alarm goes off and then begin howling. Why? Because she saw me set the alarm the night before and wants to make sure I get up. (I always tell her: "If I don't work, you don't eat.")
Make sure Rosie has a comfy place to sleep, food she likes, fresh water, snacks, toys, proper medical care and lots of love and attention. If she still wakes you up - oh, well, she's on her own schedule - get used to it!
Squirt the cat with water whenever it does this to break the habit!
She also might be bored and has decided that you have had enough sleep so she wants you to get up! It's hard making them realize that you don't agree.
Think of her a a rooster!
Cats are nocturnal, so her idea of morning is entirely different from yours! I have one kitty who will sleep as long as I do all night, and one who makes sure he is up by about 5 am. He won't disturb me until around 6 though because that's when the alarm goes off. He used to try to awaken me, by gentle head-butting, but when he saw it didn't work, he adjusted. Once, he was head-butting me and lost his footing. His head hit mine so hard I saw stars, LOL. We were both OK.
Is the cat a tortoiseshell by any chance? Torties are usually odd and a bit crazy. My Allie was. Your cat is just wanting your attentions and wanting you up to play. When Allie would do things like waking me I would wait til she was in her bed napping and wake her, she did not like it. It did nothing to change her but I felt better I loved Allie with all my heart.
When I was running out the door to work, she would meow loudly from her bed. HA! to remind me who was queen bee.
Apparently your cat is being patient in training you to get up and entertain her. You might get a little more sleep if you have something else to entertain her in the am. My cats never did get much entertainment from anything other than us and the dogs but a catnip toy or one of those little motorized mice might be worth trying.
My older cat usually starts loudly meowing every time he has to go anywhere in the car. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas about how to settle him. I cover his carrier with a towel or blanket every time we go anywhere. I have tried talking to him. I've tried not talking at all. I have tried him in the front seat and the back seat. I've tried facing him this way and that, nothing seems to work.
By sharylesley from South Australia
I have a new 2 month old kitten, and he is constantly meowing for no reason. I was just wondering if there is anything I can do to make him stop it's driving my parents insane!
JDM87 from Tx
Make sure that he isn't hungry. Try dry kitten food, then canned kitten food. Play with him, like chasing a string see if you can make him tired. You can just hold him and see if that will comfort him. Try finding a small box he can hide in or a warm towel.
Put a mirror in his bed or prop it against the wall at floor level so he can look at himself. He will think it's another cat. Or wrap a wind-up alarm clock in a blanket so he can lay on top of it. It reminds them of their mother's heartbeat. I've had success with both of these to calm kittens and puppies.
When we found our baby, stray kitty she did this for several months. And although she does it less as a 2yr old, she is still a very vocal cat. I'd say that if you try all the other suggestions (make sure she's not hungry, thirsty, and her litter box is clean) then she probably just wants some good old-fashioned love. Sometimes my cats meow just becuase they want some attention. Also, my very vocal cat will start to do that more when she wants to play and have some entertainment. I think cats are similar to humans in that human babies will cry a lot to communicate. Adults will do that less...we can just talk. I think young cats are more vocal and she might just grow out of it. In the meantime, just keep playing with her and loving her! Please don't give up on her :)
Is it a Siamese per chance? I think they talk just to hear their own voices! I have a nine month old half Siamese kitten. As he gets older, he has gotten quieter.
The kitten is very young...8 weeks old and I think the lady above is correct. My abby was looking for his mother and meowing at that age. Do try clock and also a hot water bottle in a small circular bed with high sides so it can snuggle down into it and feel secure. Also give him lots of attention.
Please take this baby to your Vet. There might be a medical condition which could be easily fixed. Please do not let him suffer if this is the case.
I have heard that cats meow when they are lonely/ frightened or just needing some attention. I would say that your little one is just lonely. Do the suggestions the others have written to you.
We had a cat that was very, very vocal and loud...He was a stray when we got him but now 7 years later he is not nearly as vocal as he used to be, I think he realizes that he is a keeper!
My cat is 10 1/2 years old,..and she still hasn't stopped meowing! Sometimes that is just the cat's personality, and you have to live with it. Just like some humans talk to much. So..I have fun with her and talk back....we have many conversations! LOL
Here is a pic of her talking...LOL
There have been no changes in living quarters, food, litter box locations, etc. He has never been a lap kitty or lovable cat, but does like to play with a long piece of fabric on a stick. No matter how much attention we give him, he still goes around the house meowing. He is up to date with vaccinations and regular checkups. We have 2 other cats (he's grown up with them and does play with them) and they seem fine. Many of you may find this amusing, but it is very frustrating to us. It's driving us crazy!
By Melodie M.